Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Cinco De Mayo with the Pogues

I can honestly say that this is the first Pogues song I ever heard….way back in the 80’s while watching “Friday Night Videos” long before MTV.  My first thought was WTF, but it grew on me. 

So what better way to think of Cinco De Mayo at work (so it has to be without alcohol right?) than with Shane and the boys.


PS- He’s still alive Jeremy

From Wikipedia -"Fiesta" is a single by The Pogues, featured on their 1988 album If I Should Fall from Grace with God. It was written by Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan, based on a Spanish fairground melody Finer had picked up (this melody is an appeal or lure from a sausages kiosk named "salchichas Uranga (sausages Uranga)" in the feasts of the city of Almería -Feria de Almería-, in southern Spain). The video was directed by popular British comedian and actor Adrian Edmondson. "Fiesta" was the last Pogues singles to make the UK Top 30 while MacGowan was with the band. The song is a live highlight and has been included in most setlists since its release, often as the closer with whistle player Spider Stacy adding percussion by beating a beer tray against his head. The track was also used at home games for Celtic Football Club up until mid 2006 whenever a goal was scored by the team and is currently used as the entrance music for London Irish rugby team as the players enter the field. The lyrics refer to the Spanish city of Almería, as well as former bassist Cait O'Riordan's departure from the group, and subsequent marriage to Elvis Costello. It was also used on Patrick Sébastien's popular show Sébastien c'est fou on the French TV channel TF1 in the 90s.

There is a Portuguese cover by the Despe e Siga band, called "Festa". Despe e Siga is an alter ego band of Peste & Sida, a Portuguese rock and punk rock band from the 80s and 90s.


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